Growing up in the Saxon Gauernitz, Peter Schreier was recorded in 1943 in the Dresden Cross Choir and discovered by the choir director Rudolf Mauersberger than talent. Even as a boy alto made Peter Schreier attention to themselves, as documented by recordings from this period. The Kreuzkantor composed for him a series of solo parts, including the " Nocturno ", the " Lord's Prayer " from the " clergy summer music ", the " De profundis " from the Dresdner Requiem and several folk-song arrangements.
After his voice broke Schreier was tenor. The Evangelists parts of the oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach made him known worldwide.
Schreier also sang several roles in operas ( Fidelio, The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute, The Rhinegold, Pfitzner's Palestrina), mostly at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden.
He was one of the leading musicians in the GDR and also gained international reputation - some speak of the " vocal export" of the GDR - that it led to the great opera stages and the important festivals of the world, such as the Salzburg Festival. His album Peter Schreier sings Christmas carols was around 1.4 million copies, by far the best-selling recorded music in the history of the GDR.
Schreier's repertoire was broad; beside the song and oratorio, one of his masterpieces areas, he worked in the opera but also in the operetta (about as Orpheus in the Dresden performance of Jacques Offenbach's operetta Orpheus in the Underworld ).
From 1984 to 1990 he was president of the " Trustees Schauspielhaus Berlin " (later Konzerthaus Berlin), the Theo Adam belonged.
As a singer Peter Schreier was to experience the last time on 22 December 2005 in Prague as a lyric tenor. Then he ended his international singing career.
Already since 1981 honorary professor of singing, he heads today international master classes for singing. As a conductor he has worked among others with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Hamburg Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Schreier lives in Loschwitz, is married and has two sons, Torsten (* 1958) and Ralf (* 1961), named after the Swedish tenor Torsten Ralf.
Schreier received, among other things, the National Prize of the GDR first class (1986 ) and the Federal Cross of Merit. Furthermore, the title Kammersänger he was awarded three times, and he was made an honorary citizen of Meissen.
- Peter Schreier - Everything has its time. 83 min, directed and produced by Heather Blum. D 2006.
- Peter Schreier - A Film by Wolf -Eberhard von Lewinski. 60 min, SR production, broadcasting in the First Program on April 30, 1978.
- Peter Schreier sings - songs by JS Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Recording a song recital in the studio of the SR on November 20, 1977 Piano:. Norman Shetler, directed by Peter Rocholl, charisma in the First and in the Third programs of ARD 1978.